The Grand Canyon had me breathless.. no exaggeration. It was 109 degrees outside the late morning of our arrival. The air was dry and hot. It felt like sandpaper on my skin. I have gotten quite used to the FL climate and that muggy humid air is worlds different from the air I was sucking in when I climbed out of the truck. Nick and I stocked up on water and Gatorade and set off, determined to rock out an awesome hike. We didn’t know what we signed up for.
Bright Angel Trail: That’s what we decided on after careful consideration to the temps. We had been hydrating over the last several days so we were ready for anything, so we thought. We did a 5 mile hike down into the canyon. Absolutely breathtaking. Bright Angel Trail was definitely difficult for two guys that are not acclimated to the heat and conditions. Luckily we knew at mile 2 and a half that the heat was just too much and that we needed to be smart and turn around.
Nick and I found this amazing rock ledge protruding off the side of the canyon wall. It was a straight drop directly behind my feet. So amazing to stand there and see this canyon in a way that most people never get to see. After we got a couple sweet pictures, we started the slow climb up. We kept taking small breaks to try and cool down. The dry air and the sun made for a pretty hardcore hike. We loved every minute of it though.
This hike ended up being one of the coolest hikes I have done. It was challenging, fun and packed with incredible views. We definately earned the good food and drinks afterwards. So after a much needed shower and a change of clothes we were off to the small town of Williams Arizona. We grabbed beer flights at South Rims Wine and Beer Garage and had some sick chicken sandwhiches. An awesome end to a huge day of hiking and being baked in the sun. I wish I had more time here to take it all in. But the expedition moves on.
…Next Stop- Hoover Dam/ Las Vegas and the addition of my good friend Wes!